Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
|Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge|
Sandhill cranes at Muleshoe NWR photo by Wyman Meinzer
|Location||Bailey County, Texas|
|Nearest city||Muleshoe, Texas|
|Area||5,000 acres (20 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest National Wildlife Refuge in the U.S. state of Texas, having been established in 1935. It is located about twenty miles (32 km) south of Muleshoe, the seat of Bailey County. It is some fifteen miles (24 km) north of Morton on Texas State Highway 214.
The refuge includes several intermittent salt lakes, some of which have been modified to extend their wet periods. Paul's Lake, on the east side of Highway 214, is spring fed, and hosts wildlife during times when the other lakes are dry.
The 5,000-acre (20 km2) refuge is a stop for migratory waterfowl flying between Canada and Mexico. If sufficient water is present, during the winter it hosts tens of thousands of sandhill cranes. The largest number of cranes ever recorded was 250,000, during February, 1981.
The cranes are most visible at dawn and at dusk, as they leave the lakes during the day to feed in nearby fields.
Sandhill cranes in flight, Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
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- Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Blackwater Draw
- Llano Estacado
- Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Official Site
- Handbook of Texas Online: Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
- Photos of the Llano Estacado
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